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Genetic Testing 101

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a genetic assessment of your health. The testing can read the sequence of your DNA to determine if there are deviations from the expected sequence. Those deviations, also known as mutations or variants, are assessed to determine the likelihood that they are related to a genetic condition or predisposition to a disease. This information can provide you with a more accurate assessment of health risks and lead to improved health outcomes. 

Should I have genetic testing done?

Genetics means a lot more than ancestry. Your genome, or collection of a person’s genetic information, can tell you if you have a predisposition to a certain disease or condition.

Many people think of genetic testing as something that is necessary if you have a family history of disease or once you’ve already shown signs of disease, but there are many conditions that can be revealed by your genes.

If you are interested in undergoing genetic testing for a specific condition or group of conditions, you may wish to speak with your provider or a genetic counselor prior to pursuing genetic testing to ensure you are selecting an appropriate test based on your personal or family history and understand the benefits and limitations of the selected test.

What differentiates Phosphorus’ genetic tests from others on the market?

We have created a best-in-class, proactive, and comprehensive genetic test for the future of preventive and personalized healthcare.

We are leveraging our expertise in bioinformatics, diagnostics, and research to increase access to genomics by helping to further decrease the cost of genetic testing. In doing so, we are building a clinical genomics network that helps us gain better insights into the causes of even more human diseases. We bring to the task our powerful software and data science and are working to make our testing available to clinical partners around the world.

  • Clinical Grade - Our tests are all clinical grade, built upon expert-curated panels, powerful data analytics, a simple testing workflow, and a rigorous variant interpretation process to ensure the most accurate results for patients.
  • Ease of Use/Access - Our saliva-based testing kits are available through the mail.  In a virtual world, there is no need for individuals to leave their homes to order a test, complete it, or receive results.
  • Counseling - Our tests include access to and support from genetic counselors at no cost for patients that receive a high-risk rating. We also coordinate genetic counseling for all patients who are interested at a reduced rate. Genetic counselors can help walk through test results, interpret what they mean, and assist in developing a plan for short- and long-term health to be implemented with a healthcare provider. 

What technology does Phosphorus use to conduct its tests?

We are using next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing in our state-of-the-art, CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory, combined with our proprietary Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software platform, Elements.

When it comes to detecting predisposition to specific conditions, NGS provides significantly greater coverage than is capable through genotyping. Only NGS has the opportunity to detect the variety of mutations that exist in our diverse population.

What qualifications/certifications does Phosphorus have to conduct genetic tests?

Our laboratory is state-of-the-art, College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified.

We also completed the rigorous Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) administered by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for several of our tests and have been issued its clinical laboratory permit in the category Genetic Testing – Molecular, making our genetic testing services available across all 50 states in the U.S.

What genetics tests does Phosphorus offer and how can I get one?

Phosphorus leverages our technologies to deliver best-in-class genetic testing directly to individuals. We offer genetic tests for identifying risk for specific conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, and vision loss. In addition, we offer an assessment of predisposition to adverse reactions to drugs and therapeutics, as well as evaluating certain wellness traits.

Our Test:

  • GeneCompass 

Phosphorus also offers panel diagnostic tests for specific diseases and conditions, through our state-of-the-art CLIA laboratory. These are only available through healthcare providers. If you are interested in receiving one of our diagnostic tests, please have your provider reach out to Phosphorus for more information:

  • Phosphorus Fertility
  • Phosphorus Cardiology
  • Phosphorus Lipidemias
  • Phosphorus Oncology
  • Phosphorus Metabolic
  • Phosphorus Vision
  • Phosphorus Neurology
  • Phosphorus Drug Response

How do I provide a sample for my genetic test?

Samples can be collected via saliva or blood, depending on your preference.

Can a minor receive genetic testing?

In some instances, a parent or guardian may provide informed consent so that a minor is able to receive diagnostic genetic testing for childhood-onset conditions.

Can I order just the raw DNA results without the panel or recommendations?

At this time we do not provide raw DNA files in the absence of a panel selection. 

 

For Providers

Why should providers consider offering genetic testing to their patients?

We provide the back-end infrastructure for practices to efficiently integrate clinical genomics into routine care. We manage the complexities of clinical-grade testing, enabling providers to differentiate and personalize their care model, improve patient retention and satisfaction, and implement a sustainable new service line.

We believe genetic testing should be a key component of patient care, as it may be beneficial regardless of the patient’s family history or current presentation of the disease.

As a physician, how can I order genetic testing for my patients?

If you or a patient of yours is interested in our genetic testing offering, feel free to reach out to our sales team at sales@phosphorus.com, or complete our sales team contact form on our website linked here.

Does a patient have to resubmit a DNA test kit each time they order a new panel?

One sample can be used when ordering multiple panels. Usually, we can run additional testing if requested by a provider. Please contact our customer service team if you are looking to request additional testing for a patient.